Editors' pick

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

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Editorial Review

Washington's largest hotel, with more than 1,350 rooms, aims for the convention and business traveler. Service and accommodations emphasize efficiency with in-room coffee machines, 24-hour room service and automatic telephone check-out. Rooms are pleasantly, if unoriginally furnished: mauve curtains and matching chairs, modern wood fixtures, reproduction gilt mirrors. Not all rooms are as well maintained as they should be at this price, with stained carpets and fraying bedspreads. Some bathrooms could be a tight squeeze for more than one person.

Workaholics never need to leave the premises. The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel has extensive conference and banquet rooms. Visitors can eat a light lunch or dinner at the Courtyard Cafe, dine more elegantly on steak or seafood at the Americus or grab a quick pastry or sandwich at the L'Expresso gourmet deli -- then work off the calories at the hotel health club or pool.

And if you do tire of the extensive facilities on the grounds, you're steps away from the shops and eateries on Connecticut Avenue, and across the street from the Woodley Park Metro station.

-- Angela Walker